Bailey’s Buddha Bowl with Creamy Tahini Dressing

baileys buddha bowl with tahini dressing

Do you ever just have those days where you’re feeling especially zen? Like so peaceful and relaxed that absolutely nothing could cause you anxiety? Well, yesterday I did some (well-needed) yoga for the first time all week and believe it or not, high-strung anxious ole’ Bailey had one of those days.

Ahhhhh, it was fantastic. Just thinking back to yesterday puts me in a calmer mood right now. So now, what does one eat on these blissfully peaceful days gifted from the heavens?

A Buddha bowl, duh.

But what exactly IS a Buddha bowl? I was confused at first too. I kept seeing them popping up everywhere and I thought to myself “What the heck people, all these bowls have different ingredients in them! What makes it a Buddha bowl?!”

So after a little (seriously like a second) of Googling, the Huffington Post cleared up my confusion by defining Buddha bowls as the following:

“Essentially, Buddha Bowls (also known as macro bowls or hippiebowls) are colourful, filling dishes built in a large bowl and composed of grains, veggies (raw, sautéed and/or roasted), protein (legumes, tofu or meat), greens and seeds — and to finish it all off, a hearty dressing.”

Wow. Talk about heaven in a bowl. And no limits to define these beautiful bowls? You gotta be kiddin’ me. But it’s true! Just one giant bowl, all the nutrients and tasty munchies you could ever imagine, and it’s topped off with a hearty dressing. I’m in love.

So here, I present to you, my nutrient-packed, colorful, drool-inducing, holy-crap-I-need-seconds, first take at a Buddha Bowl. Enjoy, my peeps!

Bailey’s Buddha Bowl with Creamy Tahini Dressing

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 chicken breast
  • 1 cup chopped cauliflower
  • 1 cup brussels sprouts, halved
  • 2 large chopped carrots
  • 1 small sweet potato, cut into chunks
  • 1 + ½ tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup chopped cremini mushrooms
  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 Tbsp pepitas
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • salt and pepper
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Directions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cook your brown rice according to package directions (I cook mine in my rice cooker for 30 minutes).
  3. Add your cauliflower, brussels sprouts, carrots, and sweet potato to a large bowl and toss with 1 Tbsp avocado oil, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Transfer the veggies to a baking sheet and bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until tender.
  5. Also at this point you can put your chicken breast in the oven and cook until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F (about 20 minutes).
  6. Meanwhile, heat your remaining ½ Tbsp avocado oil in a pan over medium-low heat. Once hot, add the mushrooms and sauté until soft, while stirring occasionally.
  7. Make the dressing by combining the tahini, lemon juice, garlic, water, and salt and pepper to taste in a blender and blend until creamy and smooth.
  8. Once everything has finished cooking, begin making your bowls by layering the rice, kale, veggies, chicken, avocado, and pepitas and then topping with the tahini dressing. Enjoy!
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Creamy Coconut Cashew Yellow Curry with Shrimp

Cashew Coconut Yellow Curry with Shrimp 3

Okay normally I would start you guys off with some witty intro to get you hooked, but I’m RAVENOUS and I think no intro is needed for this drool-worthy bowl of deliciousness.

Who doesn’t love a good yellow curry? Especially when it’s combined with the smooth, subtle nuttiness of cashews and the creaminess of coconut milk. OOH BABY this combo is gold.

Okay all you you who don’t get enough veggies in every day raise your hand. Pretty much all of you? Yep, same. That’s what I love about this curry! It’s absolutely LOADED with veggies so you’re sure to get all those vitamins and minerals in for the day plusssss we’ve got your healthy fats from the coconut milk and cashews and protein from da shrimpies! Serve it over some wild rice for some healthy carbs and voila! One complete, healthy meal.

So next time you’re struggling to get your veggies in or just want to trick your kids into eating veggies break out this bad boy and nobody will be disappointed!

 


Creamy Coconut Cashew Yellow Curry with Shrimp

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

    Curry
  • 1 cup wild rice
  • 1 Tbsp organic virgin coconut oil
  • 1 sweet potato, cut into chunks
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup brussels sprouts, chopped
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • 1 ½ cup cooked, peeled, and de-veined shrimp
  • Chopped cilantro for garnish
  • Sauce

  • 1 ½ cup coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup cashew butter
  • ¼ cup yellow curry paste

Directions

  1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and add your rice. Cook covered for 30 minutes and then remove from heat and allow to sit for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the coconut oil. Once the pan is hot and the coconut oil is melted, add the sweet potato, carrots, brussels sprouts, and turmeric powder, salt, and pepper. Cook while stirring occasionally until they begin to soften (appx. 10-12 minutes).
  3. While the veggies are cooking, add all the sauce ingredients to a bowl and whisk together to combine. Set aside.
  4. Add the cashews to the veggies and continue to cook while stirring occasionally for another 5-8 minutes or until everything is tender.
  5. Add the shrimp and cook for another minute.
  6. Add your sauce and bring to a simmer. Simmer while stirring for another 2 minutes.
  7. Remove from the heat and serve over rice with a sprinkle of cilantro on top. Enjoy!


Sweet and Spicy Ground Chicken Meatball Veggie Bowl

Turkey Meatball Veggie Bowl

Have you ever gone to the grocery store on the hunt for ground turkey and then got home only to realize you messed up and got ground chicken on accident? Just me? Well TBH I do it all the freakin’ time so I’ve decided to just embrace my lack of attentiveness by channeling it into tasty ground chicken dishes.

Aaaaaand this is one of my faves. Ground chicken meatballs are super underrated. I feel like nobody ever really talks about ground chicken meatballs, it’s always ground beef or ground turkey. But ground chicken meatballs are SO good so I’m starting a ground chicken meatball bandwagon.

#chickenmeatballsfolife

Anyways, this bowl is perfect for lunch, dinner, or even a snack, and it’s a meal prepper’s heaven (if you’re into that, which you should be if you’re not) because you can literally make a whole bunch of everything in advance and then heat it up whenever you have a craving for a delicious, nutritious meal. Also, talk about the perfect meal to pack for lunch at work! SO GREAT.

And besides being scrumptidlyumptious, this bowl is POWERFUL. You’ve got your protein, vitamins, minerals, fiber, healthy fats, anti-cancer properties, andddd gut health promotion! So give it a try next time you accidentally buy ground chicken by mistake. Or even if you buy it on purpose. You’ll thank me later. Enjoy, my peep!

 

Ground Chicken Meatball Veggie Bowl

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • ¼ pound lean free range organic ground chicken
  • ½ tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp diced yellow onion
  • 1 Tbsp chickpea flour
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ tbsp virgin organic coconut oil
  • ¼ cup sweet potato cut into chunks
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • ¼ cup cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp Frank’s Red Hot Sauce

Directions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a bowl, combine the ground chicken, minced garlic, yellow onion, chickpea flour, and pinch of salt. Mix to combine.
  3. Form balls about 1 inch in diameter and place on a lined baking sheet.
  4. Put in the oven and bake for about 15-20 minutes (until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F).
  5. Meanwhile, toss the sweet potato chunks and carrot slices in half of the coconut oil, salt, and pepper. Transfer them to a lined baking sheet and place in the oven for about 15-20 minutes (until fork tender).
  6. While everything’s cooking in the oven, heat the remaining half of the coconut oil over medium heat in a pan. Once it’s hot, add the mushrooms and stir occasionally until they are tender.
  7. Mix together the maple syrup and hot sauce.
  8. Place kale in a bowl and top with the mushrooms, sweet potatoes, carrots, meatballs, and sauce. Enjoy!


Roasted Chicken and Veggie Bowl with Peanut Yellow Curry Dressing

Roasted Chicken and Veggie Peanut Yellow Curry Bowl

Well, this concoction came about from having a ton of leftover veggies and very little time, and let me tell you I am SO THANKFUL I threw this random combination of things together!!!! Like, this was definitely one of the best things I’ve done in my little life so far.

This little bowl of goodness has just about everything you need in the form of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, carbs, healthy fats and protein so basically you could eat this for every meal and your body would be happy as Dory when she found her parents. BUT I haven’t even gotten to the best part yet people!!!!!!

Drum rollllllll pleaseeeeeee…

THE SAUCE.

I’m a huge fan of peanut sauce and an even huge-er fan of yellow curry sauce, so I thought to myself, “why not combine the two?” Best. Idea. Ever. I 100% got lost in the sauce.

But anyways, YOU GUYS, this bowl is so good for you and so easy to make you just HAVE to incorporate it into your weekly lunch/dinner menu! You could even meal prep for it and have it ready in about 60 seconds for days when you just have no time but still want to put something good in your body. So what are you waiting for?! Get that tasty bowl of nutrients into your body!!!! Right now!!!

 

Roasted Chicken and Veggie Bowl With Peanut Yellow Curry Dressing

  • Servings: 1 large or 2 small
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup mixed greens (kale, spinach, arugula, whatever you like really)
  • ½ cup cooked chicken breast, diced
  • 1 Tbsp virgin coconut oil
  • ¼ cup sweet potato, cut into chunks
  • ½ zucchini, cut into chunks
  • 5 asparagus spears cut into 1-inch pieces
  • half of a red pepper, sliced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp yellow curry powder
  • half an avocado
  • Sauce:

  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 ½ Tbsp Healthy Boy Yellow Curry Sauce (or any yellow curry sauce you have)
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Directions

  1. Heat up the coconut oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the sweet potato and cook for about 2 minutes while stirring occasionally.
  2. Add in the zucchini, asparagus spears, red pepper, and the spices (salt, garlic powder, and yellow curry powder) and continue to cook while stirring occasional for about 5-7 minutes, or until everything is tender.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan combine the coconut milk, peanut butter, and curry sauce. Turn the heat on low and stir occasionally until warm and everything is combined.
  4. In your salad bowl, put your mixed greens on the bottom and then top with the chicken, your roasted veggies, avocado, and peanut curry sauce. Enjoy!
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Ground Turkey and Roasted Veggie Baja Salad Bowl

Okay, so I wasn’t really sure what to call this bowl. Baja seemed appropriate due to the fact that there’s salsa on this guy, but really the rest of it was just random stuff I had in my fridge that I threw together and it ended up tasting really good. What even is baja supposed to mean anyways? Oh well. So yeah, from now on I suppose this combo will forever be known as my baja bowl!

I’m obsessed with salad bowls because for one, they’re a PHENOMENAL way to get in tons of veggies without really having the pain of forcing veggies down. Anddddd, they’re easy peasy veggie beezy. (Yes, I just made that up and I know it makes zero sense but I like saying it out loud so I’m keeping it hehe.) Anyways, they’re literally the easiest thing ever. Usually I have tons of roasted veggies and leftover meat lying around from either meal prep or leftovers so I just throw everything in a bowl and voila! Instant healthy lunch/dinner/snack/meal-to-go/whatever other instance in which you could need a delicious and nutritious bowl of food. It’s perfecto! (still in Mexico so I can’t help but to show off my grande Mexican vocabulary)

BUT. Back to this bowl. Remember guys, it’s so important to eat the rainbow, especially when it comes to fruits and veggies because you get such a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients from each color of food which means your body will be happy as a little clam! Which is muy importante. Keep the body happy and you will in turn be happy which is what it’s all about, amiright? And how could you say no to all this healthiness and tastiness when it takes all of two seconds to prepare? You gotta try it.

So here’s what you do now: roast your veggies, cook up some ground turkey, chop up some kale, fry an egg, and cut an avocado. Top with salsa. Shovel into your mouth. Repeat until bowl is empty. You’re welcome. And if you’re looking for some more exact directions, feel free to see the actual recipe below. Oh, and ENJOY, of course!!!!

Ground Turkey and Roasted Veggie Baja Salad Bowl

  • Servings: 2 large bowls
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1-pound lean free-range ground turkey
  • ½ tsp: ground turmeric, cumin, chili powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup chopped sweet potato
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • 2 large free-range organic eggs
  • ½ tsp organic virgin coconut oil
  • 1 ripe avocado, halved
  • Your favorite salsa (I use one from my local farmer’s market that uses fresh local ingredients)

Directions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange your cauliflower florets and sweet potato chunks on it so they’re evenly spaced out.
  3. Once the oven is ready, put the sweet potato and cauliflower in for about 20 minutes, or until tender.
  4. Meanwhile, heat a pan on medium heat until hot. Add your ground turkey and spices and stir occasionally until the turkey is fully cooked.
  5. Heat another pan over medium heat and add the coconut oil. Once the coconut oil has melted and the pan is hot, crack the eggs in and fry them until the whites are fully cooked.
  6. Place 1 cup kale in each bowl and add ground turkey, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, half an avocado, and an egg. Top with salsa and enjoy!